Family Learning

What is Family Learning?
'Family Learning' refers to any learning that involves both the child and their family members.  Where learning outcomes are intended for both and contribute to a culture of learning in the family.
Family learning matters because parental engagement in family learning has a large and positive impact on children’s learning, giving children greater confidence and self-belief, with measurable benefits to their education.
Also supporting those parents who are considered ‘hardest to reach’ – the wish to better support their children is often the key motive in overcoming any practical, financial or dispositional barriers to learning. Just as importantly, family learning is a source of stimulation, joy and solidarity for adults and children alike.

Family learning can close the attainment gap and help end the ‘life-chance lottery’ by creating a culture of aspiration in every family.


Research shows: that parental involvement in children’s learning is a key factor in improving children’s academic attainment and achievements, as well as their overall behaviour and attendance. The role of parents during a child’s earliest years is the single biggest influence on their development. Good quality home learning contributes more to children’s intellectual and social development than parental occupation, education or income. A parent’s attitudes, aspirations and behaviour are all important, as is their ability to:

  • understand their child’s day-to-day progress;
  • undertake family learning together;
  • talk regularly with their child about their learning.

For some parents, developing this confidence can be difficult ... especially if they also need help with their own literacy, language and numeracy skills.